In today’s fast paced world, everyone seems to be busy and in a crunch for time. Errands are one of the most niggling things on the list and people cringe at getting it done. One is often required to be in two places at one time and would wish to ask their shadows to go and pick up that important document, stand in the que to get a new sim, pick up a guest from the airport or any such task.
Recently launched MyPeon- a service to find a peon at your beckoning.This start-up is helping Mumbaikars run their errands at an affordable cost of Rs 100 and is currently doing 8 requests a day.
My Peon is a kind of service where you can get an office boy on per task basis. “We provide some simple basic service that is the need of everyone in Mumbai. We intend this to be a telephone service and have no plans of getting a website as of now because we don’t want hassles of logging on and other intricacies” informs Bharat. They have a Facebook & Twitter page.
Pick up and drop (Cheque, laundry)
Stand in queues (bank, govt offices, service centre’s etc)
Stroll in the local market
Deliveries: (door –to-door)
Repairs: (watches, Spectacles, Phone etc)
Personal Errand – (movie tickets, play tickets, railway tickets)
Paying bills (phone, electricity, Maintenance, Insurance premium )
Task 1 days in advance – Rs 100/- + (Travelling)
Task on the same day – Rs 200/- + (Travelling)
Registration: The registration is free and open to all Mumbaikars they just have to call on 9833183385.
I want to contribute a few thoughts.
The service you have chosen is a very practical "need of the hour" one.
You will obviously have individuals needing the service and firms needing the service. i think you should have 2 different models. for the individuals the cost per task seems very reasonable. Your challenge will be to go agressive and make it popular thru social media. I also would suggest something like hiring a peon for a day at a flat cost. Maybe 500/- I think it would work well especially when people have a function/event and need a person to manage several errands
In the firms, it would be SME and start-ups. So an Estate Agent ( wanting to get agreements delivered or signed) , Media Agencies ( getting ad material delivered to publisher) , maybe indiviual CAs and Lawyers etc can be your target. Because these are the places where there is a recurring need for errands. With SMEs and startups i think you should price yourself at a monthly package cost that seems lucrative and yet cheaper than a cost of hiring a peon. So something like monthly 2000/- for 15 tasks and no travel re-imbursements .... and they would see a good savings in subscribing for your service vis-a-vis hiring an additional peon. For you the benefit is (a) you get some subscription based monies that will better your margins and you may realize some of them may not utilize their quota of 15 tasks , (b) with multiple 2k subscriptions, you can plan your basic logistics like all route passes for your peons and maybe keeping a couple of 2nd hand bikes ...for jobs that dont have a good public transport system etc ...
Do connect with me offline and I will help you get integrated with another friend, ( if both of you are keen to leverage, cos they have a service based website and you have a service that can be offered there)